Even if we have been diligent about taking care of our teeth over the years, sometimes tooth loss occurs anyway. As we age, like the rest of our bodies, our teeth lose strength and become more prone to developing problems. Weakened teeth are more susceptible to decay and damage. In the United States, more than one quarter of people between the ages of 65 and 75 have lost all of their teeth. A much larger percentage has lost some of their teeth.
If you are missing teeth, you aren’t alone. There’s no need to be ashamed, and there’s no need to suffer the indignities and embarrassment of an incomplete smile. Dr. Smith can fit you with dentures or partials that will feel comfortable and significantly improve your quality of life.
Types of Dentures
There are three primary options if you need dentures.
- Standard Full Dentures. This is a set of dentures that replaces all of the teeth on the top or bottom arch. Standard full dentures are made of a pliable material, and are held in place with suction and specially formulated denture adhesives.
- Cosmetic Full Dentures. Unlike standard full dentures that are heat cured (meaning that they can lose shape over time), these dentures are made of an acrylic base that won’t warp over time. Dr. Smith typically uses these dentures in combination with dental implants. After placing the implants, he secures the dentures to the implant, which holds them firmly in place.
- Partial Dentures. These dentures do not replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom arch, just some of them (the missing teeth do not need to be adjacent). Partials are secured into place with a dental bridge that fits over existing natural teeth. The dentures are held in place by small clasps that attach to neighboring teeth.
Dr. Smith will be happy to thoroughly explain the pros and cons of each alternative so you can choose which will be the best fit for your lifestyle.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Grand Prairie Dentist
Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111. We proudly welcome patients from Grand Prairie, as well as surrounding areas including Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville.